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1) A large vessel. A general term for a large seagoing vessel of considerable size. It is not the type, construction, rig, machinery, equipment, or means of propulsion that makes a ship, but rather the purpose of marine transportation (either military or commercial). Pleasure vessels are called "yachts." A ship becomes a subject of admiralty jurisdiction from the moment its keel first touches the water. 2) To take an object aboard, such as cargo or water. 3) To put items such as oars on the boat when not in use.